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Exploiting synthetic communities for cultivation of microalgae

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Algal monocultures are unstable because they are vulnerable to contamination from invading species that are ubiquitous in the environment. If algae are to be grown on a large scale for the biofuels industry, significant scale-up of production is required, which can only be sustainable if yields are guaranteed, and the problem of contamination managed systematically. We have proposed the use of artificially assembled consortia of algae grown with other species as a more robust and productive alternative to growth in monocultures. In order to achieve this, understanding of fundamental algal interactions with other species is required. I will describe our investigations into algal-bacterial symbiosis, which can be capitalised upon in the process of assembling algal consortia for industrial use.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Research Seminars series.

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